Prof. Shaunaka Rishi Das Explores Leadership and Indian Wisdom at IIM Rohtak

IIM Rohtak

The Indian Institute of Management- IIM Rohtak had the honor of hosting Prof. Shaunaka Rishi Das, Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies at Oxford University, UK, for a captivating lecture on “Leadership from Indian Knowledge.” During his visit, Prof. Das engaged with students and faculty, commending the institute for its research initiatives and societal contributions.

Addressing the audience, Prof. Dheeraj Sharma, Director of IIM Rohtak, expressed gratitude for Prof. Das’s insightful discourse. Prof. Sharma highlighted the significance of integrating “India’s Knowledge” into the MBA curriculum, emphasizing its relevance in shaping future business leaders.

Prof. Das delved into the timeless wisdom of ancient Indian texts, citing examples from the Mahabharata, Vedas, and Upanishads. He underscored the importance of theological quests in guiding individuals on life’s purpose, drawing parallels between theological principles and scientific endeavors.

In his keynote address, Prof. Das explored the concept of eternal happiness rooted in Indian philosophy, emphasizing positive qualities like love and compassion. He drew insights from ancient texts, discussing concepts such as darshan, Rita, and Ritu, and their relevance to management principles.

Highlighting the role of religion in the management domain, Prof. Das referenced the presence of faith-based organizations and religious leaders at international forums such as COP28. He urged organizations to delve into Hindu theology for valuable lessons on freedom, non-violence, broad-mindedness, and sacrifice.

Prof. Sharma echoed Prof. Das’s emphasis on choosing the right path in life and practicing humility. He urged students to embrace the idea of servanthood, emphasizing the importance of contributing to the greater good of humanity.

Prof. Das left the audience with a profound message: “Compassion, Order, Rhythm, Humility, Holistic balance, and Seva are natural mechanisms essential for growth and stability in the business world.” As the event concluded, Prof. Sharma encouraged students to implement these teachings, aspiring to be compassionate and effective leaders in the future.


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